Catalyst Radio is a weekly radio show with hosts Linda Gellasch and Denise Cheng that looks at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting as well as grassroots and nonprofit efforts around the community. The show comprises a media analysis and developments portion, interview segment and calendar of events. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.
Among the many neighbors in Heartside, Hugo Claudin, an artist and community organizer, noticed that Pekich Park has become a very active corner with activities including prostitution and drug dealing since it opened last year. After leaving a community meeting in which many proprietors voted to remove the park benches to discourage loitering, Claudin proposed biweekly concerts so that the community could come around the park for recreational reasons.